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Crawl Spaces

Crawl Spaces

Many, many homes have crawl spaces. And the vast majority of these crawl spaces are improperly done, with an exposed dirt floor and/or an improperly installed vapor barrier. This allows for easy liquid and water vapor infiltration causing moisture to collect on the...

Why Water Vapor is Bad for Your Health

Why Water Vapor is Bad for Your Health

Even if your house is sealed up nice and tight, water vapor issues can still exist in your home. The simple act of living in a space creates water vapor from things like breathing, showering, washing dishes, cooking, and washing and drying clothes.Typically, the ideal...

Crystal Balls…

Crystal Balls…

Mystifying, Magical, Curious Unknowns... Want to know what Better Building Works does? Better Building Works does not own a “Crystal Ball”. If we did, we would love to use it but we would not really trust it. What we do use and trust is building science, math and a...

The Virginia Building Code, A Catch 22

The Virginia Building Code, A Catch 22

The Virginia Residential Building Code allows two options for verifying air tightness in new construction. The first option is a Blower Door Test and the second is just a visual inspection, which as you can imagine, is the most commonly used method as it is generally...

Natural Capital: Perception, Reality and Conversation.

Natural Capital: Perception, Reality and Conversation.

Engaging with our community is a favorite past time at Better Building Works. We have partnered with Hannah Godsey on her project: “Natural Capital: Perception, Reality and Conversation.” The project is her final Thesis towards her Masters of Natural Resources in...

Here They Come Again…

Here They Come Again…

...Those Pesky Bugs are At it Again. They will find any penetration in your home so that they can get in and hibernate for the winter. You know, you will find them in the Spring or if you are like me, when I am making up the guest bed - there they are. I have to shake...

The Natural Capital Protocol

The Natural Capital Protocol

“Natural Capital is the World’s stocks of natural assets including geology, soil, air, water and all living things.” 1 Nature is a form of capital that ALL businesses impact and depend upon. The Natural Capital Protocol creates a standardized framework for businesses...

Physics and Fire

Physics and Fire

This image of a house struck by lightning reminds us of the awesome power of Mother Nature. Easily enough power to explode a metal roof and set a house ablaze in a mere instant. But for all her raw power she is still subject to the Laws of Physics. Since fire and...

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